There is a short yet distinct supply of creative geniuses whose contributions are so profound they require only a surname for recognition—Balenciaga, Chanel, Saint Laurent. These are all-time greats who forever altered the way people dress, but they are not the only ones. By looking deeper, one can find other geniuses who are referenced every season by countless designers, yet possess names that the general public has no knowledge of. For reasons that remain as perplexing as they are egregious, some pioneers have been largely forgotten, relegated to the research of fashion historians and other tireless chroniclers of sartorial history. Madame Grès is one of them.

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